But a new study reveals that petting zoos
could be adverse, as they create a reservoir of multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacteria, which leads to highly virulent pathogens to be passed on to the visitors.
Animals in mobile petting zoos
are covered by the Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925 but the RSPCA said the act "doesn't cover any welfare or other care issues.
In the United States, animal contact exhibits, such as petting zoos
and agricultural fairs, have been sources of zoonotic infections, including infections with Escherichia coli, Salmonella, and Cryptosporidium (1-4).
This year's event will coincide with Mothering Sunday, allowing the whole family to enjoy a day together, with an attraction to suit everyone - from castles and country houses to petting zoos
, leisure activities and gardens and museums.
Dr Cutler also said the current hygiene situation in petting zoos
should be re-evaluated.
The report also says young children should avoid contact with these animals in petting zoos
or other public places.
Agricultural fairs, petting zoos
, and their equivalents are prime grounds for enteropathogens that can cause acute and often bloody diarrhea, especially in children younger than age 3 years who carry pacifiers, bottles, toys, or food in the vicinity of animals.
Close all petting zoos
! But that's not a practical, or popular, solution.
However, other factors include wildlife trade and translocation, live animal and bushmeat markets, consumption of exotic foods, development of ecotourism, access to petting zoos
, and ownership of exotic pets.
This issue will examine a bacterial exposure from petting zoos
and farm animals.
Do the World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace or the Natural Resources Defense Council need to fund their important work by maintaining petting zoos
in their lobbies?